Good collaboration is Solution Inspired.
Key Questions to be Answered
→How can individuals structure a collaboration to ensure a focus on the solutions and outcomes?
→What is the appropriate balance of “process” and “product” for a collaboration?
→Why is keeping a balance important?
A Case of Solution-Inspired Design: Addressing a “Real World” Need
Failure to Achieve a Desired Solution: Knowing Your Audience
The following Toolkit activities relate directly to different aspects of the ELEMENT Solution Inspired. Click on the title to take you directly to the full activity.
A word cloud is a visual representation of text (usually in relation to a concept, person, or group). Words that describe the concept are usually single words, and the importance is shown by font size or color. This activity is a different way in which individuals can describe their respective organizations and show the importance or priorities of particular descriptors.
This activity is an opportunity to reflect on the progress and outcomes of the collaboration. In crafting an article, collaborators summarize the work of the collaboration and begin to think about the impact of the collaborative work. This article might eventually be used as a blog for a website, a press release, an op ed column, or be the beginning of a research paper or publication for an academic journal.
Through reflection about the collaboration, participants are asked to think about the role of engagement in the process of collaboration. How did engagement in the ideas happen? Where did engagement come from? Where was it lost along the way? Is it still there, after all of the work? Are individuals now more engaged in and committed to the work or the ideas behind the work?
In this activity, participants explore a working model that outlines dimensions and outcomes for collaborative success.